2.0 Some Succinct Definitions
Need to establish a vocabulary of terms to describe all matters
with full transparency.
Any academic year is divided into two equal semesters (14 to 26
weeks). These are the building blocks by which a combination of
discrete semesters or a stand-alone semester make up a programme
of studies leading to a final pronouncement of academic and business
objectives achieved through the programme of studies. Definition
of academic year is student-centric. There is no single fixed academic
calendar. A semester can commence any and every day of the calendar
year in principle, as one of the flexibilities. This is the concept
of a labile semester , a unique feature of NIIT Career Education.
Each programme of studies is uniquely defined by specifying the
input qualifications to the programme, duration of the programme
in terms of stipulated discrete semester(s) of studies and any other
special orientation this programme of studies seeks to assign.
Any person who has done any studies at NIIT is given a Certification
. Such a person is called an NIIT alumnus.
An alumnus who has not taken even a full stipulated semester prescribed
for programmes of studies is said to have pursued Non-career studies.
On the other hand any alumnus who has at least done a minimum of
one stipulated semester constituting any programme of studies is
called an alumnus of the C areer education . An alumnus who has
matured to avail of degree access through NA-Universities alliances
is said to have reached connectivity stage/Level.
Since career education frankly keeps the university system of education
in mind it is imperative that for a global organisation like NIIT,
the input qualification for the career education should be specially
spelt out in terms of university practices.
Since NIIT is not a university and cannot award degrees, it is important
for the sake of improved communication to coin a new word in place
of the word degree. The new word is Award . Further, standardisation
on nomenclature is a very important requirement. Therefore, all
Awards from the structure closest to the university are standardised
by suffixing the word NIIT. These Awards are named suffixed Awards
in the career studies.
Wherever the Awards are connotated by ad hoc combinations of abbreviations
or acronyms, standardisation is complicated and will take time.
Therefore, the system in the transition will live with multiple
names for these Awards by merely designating them as non-suffixed
Historically, the first intersection of the NIIT Academic Structure
with university took place when the structure attempted to relate
to a university degree. This degree is a 3-year bachelors degree
(abbreviated to BD ), for example, BSc/BCom/BA. These degrees also
happen to be non-computing degrees . The market valuation of this
BD is low but university valuation is considerable.
So far this intersection with BD has been provided by approved pursuit
of the BD in a college simultaneously with NIIT semester courses.
This simultaneity is defined as Dual Qualification Scheme ( DQS
). The structure also permits first acquisition of a BD followed
by the pursuit of four NIIT semesters in a Sequential Scheme ( SS
). However, in practice, DQS has been commonly applied in the past
to approach GNIIT and with a claim that value addition is given
to the non-computing BD by linking a degree pursuit and NIIT courses
in a new alignment.
Career education frankly adapts the university culture. What the
university requires as a normal input qualification to the first
baccalaureate degree of a university is expressed in terms of local
expression such as 10+2 in India, A level in many countries, so
on and so forth. For NIIT Career Education, a general expression
that has been coined to describe the equivalent stage is Pre-University
Senior Certificate (PUSRC).
Just as in some universities there is a statutory provision to go
to the next lower level in the School System and arrange for restricted
input from this stream of the School System, it is important to
recognise this and name the same in the NIIT structure. This has
been done by choosing the expression Pre-university Junior Certificate
( PUJRC ).
Nevertheless, it is to be recorded that even universities which
depart from this normal practice stipulate a duration and content
for the gap between PUSRC and PUJRC and require that this incompleteness
is to be first removed before the fresher is allowed to begin the
stipulated programme of studies. To aid in further discussion, it
is proposed that this gap be called durational and content difference
between PUSRC and PUJRC, ( DSJ) .
It may be noted in anticipation that in addition to entering the
programme at the initial point there may be other points of entry
determined by what is well-known as advance standing admission .
Alumni from other higher education institutions with comparable
educational background may seek access to NIIT Awards through advance
standing admission. Academic standing of such alumni vis-·vis
NIIT curriculum is evaluated through an Academic Placement Test
on the basis of which the extent of advance standing is determined.
NIIT alumni may choose to re-enrol for pursuing higher NIIT Award.
This is called reentry admission as different from
advance standing admission and does not require Academic
Placement Test. Thus, the academic structure provides for multiple
entry and multiple exit options.
All programmes of studies associated with input of PUSRC or higher
belong to Domain(A). Further, the single programme of studies of
concern to the alliances associated with input of PUJRC or highr
belong to Domain (B). Students movement between the two Domains
has been restricted through a concept of Domain Divide.
Likewise every programme has particular area of studies .In the
case of ANIIT and FNIIT so far there are two only, IT and MHE. These
are called subject area streams.
The overall structure recognises two broad subject area streams
of current concern to Domain (A). These are IT = Information Technology
and MHE = Management of Higher Education.
The term stream has been used in yet another context.
Flow of students exiting at the end of programmes of studies are
described as exiting streams (see Diagram A and Diagram B).
It is interesting to note that a complex system with so many variables,
options, streams, routes, etc. etc. may produce during operation,
unintended outcomes although they are merely coincidental. But for
a student, they are distinct educational options although not an
original design requirement. For the record, some of these are listed
DNIIT+BD in DQS or SS may well become an exiting stream by the decision
of the student not to complete the planned GNIIT. This stream can
be easily co-listed with PNIIT as having acquired entering stream
equivalence for admission to GNIIT.
completion of DSJ by further efflux of time and examination, the
highest Award in Domain (B), S, can be, by the same token, co-listed
with DNIIT as having acquired an entering stream equivalence for
admission to PNIIT.
full standardisation of non-suffixed Awards takes place, the system
will have to co-exist with planned nomenclature of P, Q, R and S
withmake shift nomenclatures of A, B and C. These last have been
required for such students who leave suffixed Award system before
completion of the lowest Award, namely DNIIT. Thus, the Awards A,
B and C connote only those non-suffixed Awards where the students
have already completed PUSRC. On the other hand the non-suffixed
Awards P, Q, R and S are differentiated by the fact that student
only completed PUJRC.
is one non-suffixed Award, namely PNC, which has been accorded the
same status as DNIIT. In fact, PNC as such has been renamed as DNIIT
when a structural change in terms of creation of two domains of
NIIT Awards was introduced recently. The NIIT Academy will treat
them as interchangeable.